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Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks’ July hostess.  Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine.  She provided us with recipes for Spätzle and Fresh Egg Pasta as well as a few delicious sauces to pair our noodles with! (If you’re interested in those recipes check them out here) Continue Reading »

I think that I might have mentioned once or twice my obsession with all things potato. I’m sure that you can imagine my delight when the June Daring Cooks Challenge was announced to be potato salad… healthy potato salad… wait, what?!?! Isn’t that an oxymoron? Continue Reading »

How does your garden grow? Mine grows in 4 pots on our balcony. I’ve decided to grow lettuce and tomatoes and parsley and dill. I was super excited to see the first shoots of growth in the lettuce pot a couple weeks ago and the other day when I looked out to see if they needed water 3 little shoots were poking up out of the tomato pot. I have a green thumb!!! I’ve never grown vegetables before and certainly never grown anything from seed… unless you count the bean I grew in elementary school.

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Sometimes I think that I might be slightly clairvoyant. Sometimes strange things happen. For example, I can pretty much, without fail, know when John is home from work. I don’t mean when he walks through the door, I mean when he’s off the elevator (which isn’t near our unit, so I can’t hear it) on our floor or even just somewhere in the building. I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve stood up walked towards the door and he’s walked through it. And take for instance this month’s Daring Cooks Challenge. A couple weeks before the challenge was posted I started thinking about making a gumbo (something that I’ve never made before). About a week after that there were at least two different shows on the Food Network that featured gumbo. Than the May challenge was posted and it was… gumbo. Crazy right?!?!

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Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking… ok… actually it’s a lot of the time I don’t feel like cooking. But I do anyway because I don’t like eating ‘junk’ (ie. Premade/packaged/frozen food). I try my best to eat as little ‘junk’ as possible. It’s unavoidable though. There is so many products out there and so much marketing, sometimes it’s hard to say no to the fast and easy way. And sometimes I’m just lazy. I find that the best way to avoid those ‘junk’ days is to have a handful of REALLY easy and fast fallback/staple recipes.

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I tried my first pulled pork sandwich a couple years ago at the CNE. It was love at first bite. The pork, slow cooked in a BBQ sauce, combined with the fresh crusty bun was absolutely delicious. I’ve only had a pulled pork sandwich a few times since then, and every one of those times it’s been really good.

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Leftover Soup

Awhile back we had a HUGE amount of leftover odds and ends in the fridge. They were from a few different meals and I just could see how to put them together in a cohesive way on a plate. Enter Leftover Soup. It was the perfect way of throwing everything I had together and by adjusting the flavours as I went making something really delicious.

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